This afternoon I was at “Boba Monster” checking off another ice tea off my list. For Vancouver Foodster’s ice tea challenge, this fun cafe is offering more than you can chew, literally. Located across the street from a high school this shop caters to its community. With their cutesy monster logo, a shelf of boardgames and electronic dart machines in the corner; they invited you in to drink, sit, and linger. Although during our stay we saw many more take their sealed cups to go.
Their ice tea entry was their best seller, the “Boba Monster Milk Tea”, a traditional milk tea with extra drink toppings. More to chew than just the traditional pearls. In the full cup was a generous helping of grass jelly, egg pudding, and even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This one was definitely fan service to their larger teenage customer base. The clerks behind the counter even admitted to serving their drinks sweater than normal due to the requests of said customers. Although they made a point to mention that they are also able to sweeten or dilute any cup to your preference. They make their own grass and egg jelly in house, making sure to do so with no additional sugars. They even use herbal powers to get more of the grass jelly taste out. I won’t be going more into how the drink tasted here, given that the competition is still running. Instead I ask that you check back to my blog after August 5th, to see how I judged each beverage competing.
“Boba Monster” allows you to customize your own drink starting from $4. You choose your flavours between creamy, fruity, fresh fruit, or ice cream. Each category offering a handful of options including passion fruit, black sesame, kiwi, mocha, and hedgehog. Next you choose your base between a green tea or black tea base. But they also give you the option of having no tea. This is ideal for younger kids who need to go caffeine-free, or my guests who preferred their bubble tea like a blended, cake-like dessert. After, you choose the style in which you want your drink prepared, either shaken with ice or blended into a slush. And lastly you choose your topping(s), if any. They used the term “topping” to describe the bits and bobs at the bottom of your drink in which you slurped up through a straw. Red bean, popping juice pearls, lychee jelly, and even miniature tapioca pearls; to name a few.
Today I visited with two grown adults, not familiar with bubble tea and the nuances of chewing their drink. Therefore the sensation and extra textures was not as enjoyable to them, as it was just so foreign. I often find this the case for many first time bubble tea drinkers. Instead they preferred the other two drinks we tried below, claiming it to be more like dessert in a cup.
We would order off their “top 8” menu. Playing it safe with number 3 and 5. Number 3 is their “mango sago”, a creamy smoothie with whipped cream, real mango chunks, mango stars, and sago. It was like drinking a mango mousse cake, as fun to scoop as it was to sip. Very bold in its mango sweetness.
The “strawberry cheesecake” had mango stars and tangy juice filled pearls that popped when you bit down. It was topped with whipped cream, a strawberry drizzle, a fresh strawberry, and chunks of actual cheesecake. The drink was blended with strawberry cheesecake flavoured ice cream from local purveyor of ice cream: “Mario’s Gelato”. They prepared a special blend just for “Boba Monster” and their 5th most popular drink special. Like the mango, this too you drank in thick. It was a creamy milkshake with jelly chunks to keep bites interesting.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
They are a great bubble tea place for the area. They cater to their customers with customizable and creative drinks, as well offering them a comfortable place to enjoy their specialty beverages within. Don’t deny your cravings.